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TGIF: The July 25, 2014 Edition

(7/25/2014)

TGIF: the plaid hunter's club of vintage snowmobilers

I'm thankful I bought the sled on the extra-early spring program, because we used the CatCash to buy matching jackets.

I'm thankful I opted for the touring model featuring the 4-up seat, tall windshield and fiberglass overload springs.

I'm thankful Hank brought his rifle and pistol.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 25, 2014.

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Vintage Road Trip Part One: Back to CPC

(7/24/2014)

Vintage sled road trip with Jim Dimmerman & Tom Rowland.

Recently I joined my friends Tom Rowland and Jim Dimmerman on a 2-day road trip to Wisconsin whose theme was "1982 prototype snowmobiles" from Arctic Cat and Scorpion.

During the trip we revisited CPC; uncovered a '82 Scorpion snowmobile; snagged a proto '82 Arctic Cat; met with Arctic Cat collector Randy Springer; and had an enlightening conversation with Gordon Rhode.

It was a road trip of epic laughter and education.

Click to read part one of the trip.

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Remembering my Great Uncle, Doug Hofland

(7/21/2014)

Arctic Cat racer and dealer Doug Hofland. Photo from Kyle Hofland.

Once in a while I hear a story of an Arctic Cat rider's passion for snowmobile, and it moves me to tears.

This story from Kyle Hofland about his great uncle Doug (above) is one such story.

Click to read a truly wonderful story about passion and family ties.

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TGIF: The July 18, 2014 Edition

(7/18/2014)

TGIF: The flying Scorpion sand and snowmobile. By ArcticInsider.com

TGIF: The flying Scorpion sand and snowmobile. By ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful that when the snow melts to reveal the sand dunes, my trusty steed is ready to adapt via a front-end-wheel kit.

I'm thankful I can scout out the sweetest sand cornices and jumps and, once identified, that I can air it out while wearing my straw hat.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 18, 2014.

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TGIF: The July 11, 2014 Edition

(7/11/2014)

TGIF and my new watercrossing snowmobile is ready to rip.

I'm thankful for the sheer joy and adventure of backcountry boondocking.

I'm thankful my new watercross race sled is ready to rip.

I'm thankful for Outdoor Life magazine.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 11, 2014.

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Inside THE Glass House: A Day with Kenny Halvorson, Fiberglass Artist

(7/7/2014)

Kenny Halvorson: Snowmobile fiberglass master. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

You know the magnificent (and mean-looking) 1972 Arctic Cat EXT hood/belly combo? It was primarily designed and crafted in fiberglass by Kenny Halvorson.

The same Kenny Halvorson who produced most of the patterns and molds for Arctic Cat from the early '70s through 1981.

Ditto for the reproduction Z, EXT, big mouth Panther and Sno Pro hoods that grace the majority of rebuilt, restored and/or reproduced show sleds throughout the world.

They and many more are the creation of Kenny Halvorson and his crew of craftsmen.

Click to read about a master of glass.

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TGIF: The July 4, 2014 Edition

(7/3/2014)

TGIF and the ArcticInsiders brought fireworks

I'm thankful it's July... time to rev up my WetBike.

I'm thankful I can just sit here, cool as $#!T, while she waves at me from on the beach.

I'm thankful for the fireworks that are gonna happen as soon as I'm done ripping some waves on my trusty steed.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 4, 2014.

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Q&A with Michele McCraw, Arctic Cat Snowmobile BOM Tech

(6/30/2014)

Michele McCraw, Arctic Cat snowmobile BOM Technician. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

For the gears to turn smoothly and on time at a company like Arctic Cat, there must be people whose job is to create and adhere to a master plan.

Michele McCraw is one of those people.

As a BOM (Bill of Materials) Technician, McCraw is responsible for the documentation of 62 current model snowmobiles, plus a large number of prototype and future model year sleds.

It’s a huge responsibility that’s critical to the assembly and specification documentation of these snowmobiles.

Click to read about her job and some cool facts about current Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

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TGIF: The June 27, 2014 Edition

(6/27/2014)

Arctic Cat Mountain engineer/test rider Shay Smith airs it out.

I'm thankful that Arctic Cat mountain engineer/test rider Shay Smith could confidently air it out while snowmobiling in Montana this past week.

I'm thankful it will be at least six months before I see the 8-ft. 4-in. Smith again, because he might forget that I posted this photo and thus won't crush me into a whimpering ball of fear.

I'm thankful that shirtless snowmobiling is the new black.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 27, 2014.

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Vote Tucker Hibbert for a 2014 ESPY!

(6/27/2014)

Vote for Tucker Hibbert to win a 2014 ESPY

On Tuesday, Tucker Hibbert was nominated for an ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award in the Best Male Action Sports Athlete category!

This is a huge deal for the Team Monster/Arctic Cat racer and the sport of snowmobiling.

And best of all, YOU can affect the outcome.

Simply CLICK HERE to go to the ESPN Link to vote for Hibbert. It's free and takes less than 6.8 seconds.

Click for more info.

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Mountain Cats...Waiting to Pounce

(6/23/2014)

Riding 2015 Arctic Cats with Arctic Cat engineers. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

February 23, 2014.

Centennial range of the Bitterroot Mountains, west of Island Park.

Pre-production 2015 model year Arctic Cat M and XF snowmobiles.

Arctic Cat engineers, test riders a couple lucky extras, including the photographer.

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TGIF: The June 20, 2014 Edition

(6/20/2014)

TGIF snowmobile pontoon boat conversion. Yep, makes sense. ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful there's a kit for everything.

I'm just as thankful for lake-banging as I am for ditch-banging.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 20, 2014.

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We're STILL Snowmobiling on Minnesota's North Shore!?!

(6/19/2014)

Snowmobile ride on the North Shore in June 2014?!?

It's truly been an amazing winter and spring here in the Midwest, with the longest riding season that I can remember.

And since yesterday was my birthday, Kale (left) and I posed for a moment outside of the Trestle Inn, during a b-day celebration ride on Minnesota's North Shore.

Can this possibly be true??

Anyone else put some miles on your sled yesterday?

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A Recent Barn Find

(6/16/2014)

Vintage snowmobile barn find. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

I recently stumbled upon this sweet vintage snowmobile barn find while on a family trip in Southeast Minnesota.

Click to enjoy some dust-covered sleds that might one day be rescued. Or not.

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TGIF: The Friday the 13th (June 2014) Edition

(6/13/2014)

TGIF the 13th and the Ski-Doo folks are on the prowl

I'm thankful that the freaks and ghouls weren't real, and that it was only a movie.

I'm thankful (and hopeful) the nightmares will soon cease and life will be back to normal.

And I'm thankful it's Friday the 13th, June 2014.

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John's Shop: Anderson's Perfect Hangout

(6/11/2014)

John Anderson's 1970 Arctic Cat 634 Puma Mod. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

If I'm not riding a (insert long list of various vehicles here), then the next best thing is standing around talking about them.

And a shop like John Anderson's is the absolute perfect place for such conversations to occur.

Click for a little shop talk.

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Sun Shines Bright: Arctic Cat Trip Report in June 2014

(6/10/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat M model on the assembly line. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last week I spent a couple days at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, talking with colleagues, shooting photos, checking out which vehicles were on the assebly lines and generally pestering everyone.

Here's a report on that trip.

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TGIF: The June 6, 2014 Edition

(6/6/2014)

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I'm thankful it's June, the official start of summertime wedding season.

I'm thankful I found my soul mate (and that he rides it like he stole it).

I'm thankful there's NOTHING that will prevent us from sharing the rest of our lives together.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 6, 2014.

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TGIF: The May 30, 2014 Edition

(5/30/2014)

TGIF and the ArcticInsider ladies are ready to go 6-wheelin'

I'm thankful for summer.

I'm thankful the ladies love wheelin' in bikinis.

I'm thankful we opted for the amphibious 6-wheeler models, because these ladies are looking to go swimming.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 30, 2014.

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FOX SHOX Midwest: A Day Inside (and Outside)

(5/27/2014)

Inside of FOX SHOX Midwest Service Center. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Riding, testing, calibrating, rebuilding... there's a lot happening at the FOX SHOX Midwest Service Center, a fact I learned firsthand during a visit this past March.

Click to see what's new there, and for FOX-equipped 2015 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

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